It all began with a whirlwind surprise visit from my daughter. She was not especially interested in going out or doing anything special. The special was spending time together, and I shared her point of view, so we ate from the garden and lurked about. She asked about this:
It’s part of a pram, or perhaps a baby carrier for a car… abandoned by the tram line some time ago. I picked it up a week or two ago thinking I could at least put it in our bin. But then I got to thinking about whether there could be re-use for the straps at least, and recycling of some of the parts (there is quite a bit of aluminium). Picturing the effort required led to delay! However, since we were sitting chatting and the weather had turned warm, out came scissors, screwdrivers, the hacksaw… and soon I had three piles for rubbish, re-use and recycling. Company and conversation are wonderful.
Then we had a chat about whether there was anything she would like me to make and she asked for a laptop sleeve. So some of the polyester batting came back out of the bin!
She chose some of the upholstery fabric offcuts I still have lying about, and a cotton flanellette covered in little birds that must once have been a cot sheet for the lining.
There was measuring calculating and and ironing and quilting of the most basic sort and mitre-ing of corners. Pretty soon, there was a laptop sleeve.
It fits and it will protect… and she loves it!